Oak Grove Fire Chief Randy Pogue lost his fight for life on Wednesday.
Pogue, a 32-year veteran of the volunteer department, had been injured in a Feb. 2 accident on Arkansas Highway 365 between Maumelle and North Little Rock while on duty and responding to another emergency.
Pulaski County Sheriff’s office spokesman Lt. Carl Minden said Pogue’s vehicle hit a patch of ice and left the roadway.
Family members said Pogue has been in Baptist Health Medical Center in Little Rock since the accident and had developed complications while there. He had been placed in medically induced coma.
Pogue has been a member of the volunteer department since he was 17 and has been chief since 2003.
He worked for the Arkansas State Police as supervisor of the department’s install shop and is also an Air Force veteran, where he served as a firefighter.
He and his wife Veronica have four grown children: Josie, Rhonda, Greg and Randall.
The accident happened around noon on Feb. 2 near the Blue Hill Community while Pogue was driving his Oak Grove Command vehicle, a SUV.
A trust fund to assist the chief’s family s has been set up as a charitable organization at First Arkansas Bank and Trust, she said. It is called the Randy Pogue Benevolent Fund account number 67293932.
Funeral arrangements have not been set.